The Q&A Archives: Daffodils

Question: Why won't my daffodils bloom? I get the green to grow strong and tall, but no flowers.

Answer: Your daffodils may be planted too deeply, or it is possible they're overcrowded. Daffodils naturalize easily and don't mind being close to one another, but if they're too close, the roots will compete for nutrients and moisture. Non-blooming might also be the result of cutting the foliage too soon the previous year. The leaves help manufacture energy for the bulb to produce a bloom. If the leaves are not allowed to naturally wither and die, the bulb may not be able to bloom the following year. Allow the foliage of your daffodils to die down, then dig the bulbs and replant them. Amend the soil with some organic matter before replanting, add some bone meal, set the bulbs only 4-5" deep and space bulbs 6" to 8" inches apart. This should help your bulbs produce flowers next year.

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